On August 16, 2011, Mayor Parker implemented a ‘Stage Two’ water conservation plan with mandatory outdoor irrigation restrictions. Properties with even number addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays. Odd number addresses may water Wednesdays and Saturdays. Watering is allowed between the hours of 8 pm and 10 am. This means even numbers water Thursday/Sunday from midnight to 10 am and 8 pm to midnight. Odd numbers water Wednesday/Saturday from midnight to 10 am and 8pm to midnight. All visible leaks must be repaired within 72 hours. The city plans to issue warnings for first offenses and then fines of $150.
At the 8/23/11 Neartown meeting, Jeff Weatherford, Deputy Director of the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering, reported the dry shifting soil has caused underground waterlines to burst throughout Houston. As of this Tuesday, there are over 1,000 reported water leaks on the city log. More leaks are reported every day. The city is working overtime to repair this unusually large number of leaks. Excessive water usage from sprinkler and irrigation systems places a large stress on the system. Jeff Weatherford said the water restriction is for sprinkler and irrigation systems. Hand watering with a hose is currently not prohibited but the city recommends limiting use to the restriction schedule.